Thursday, 25 April 2013

Book Review - The Fault In Our Stars, John Green

I know, I know, the first book I decide to review and it’s a #1 New York Times Best Seller written for young adults which the world and his wife has already read (and loved). How mainstream of me. But to be honest, I’ve just taken some horrible exams, and I felt like reading something that wasn’t too brain-taxing. And then I started reading it, and it was brain-taxing, and it was brilliant.

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I’ll try not to give away too much of the plot, in case any of you haven’t managed to read it yet, but the story centres around a sixteen year old girl suffering from cancer which she knows will kill her, though she doesn’t know when. It’s a story about trying to make your way in the world, and about finding the meaning in life against all odds, about how no matter the circumstance, we all grow up. Despite the seemingly depressing subject manner, it’s hopeful without being trite, and that isn’t easy – it’s not just a book that makes you think ‘I’m lucky to be alive,’ it’s a book that makes you think ‘I’m lucky to be alive, hopefully long enough to figure out why.’


There’s one particular scene from the book, set in Amsterdam, where Hazel is out for dinner drinking champagne, and it’s so beautiful, and the moment is so perfect and alive, that for a second you almost feel jealous. Making readers feel jealous of a sixteen year old girl with terminal cancer – that, John Green, is a talent.



I’ve already started reading another John Green novel, ‘Looking For Alaska,’ and I think it’s great so far. The references to great literature mean that, despite being aimed at teenagers, they’re accessible for any age of reader. (Also, check out John Green's tumblr. It's awesome).

Does anyone have any further recommendations for me?  
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  1. Despite of his criticisms (some valid, some nit-picky in my opinion), I really do like John Green's work overall. My favorite is An Abundance of Katherines, which I think is a fantastic novel overall. I've started reading The Fault in our Stars awhile back, but never got around to reading the rest; thanks to this post, I've remembered that I must finish!

    xo,
    Sabrina
    http://www.rougespark.com

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    1. As my name is Catherine (spelt differently, but still!) I think I'm going to have to read that one next!
      You should definitely finish it, I don't want to give anything away but...it's definitely worth it!

      xoxo

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  2. I've actually read this book. It's fantastic! Try reading 'Along For the Ride' by Sarah Dessen. Love her books!

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    1. Thank you, I will! I followed you on Bloglovin by the way, I'd really like it if you followed me back :)

      xoxo

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  3. This book was fantastic. However, my favorite John Green book is Paper Towns. If you haven't read it, you definitely should!

    -Emily

    http://emilici0us.blogspot.com

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